Normative Discontent of Body Image

960 WordsJun 23, 20184 Pages
Many people in modern culture have developed what has been termed a normative discontent with their bodies. Women are particularly vulnerable to this development of body dissatisfaction, which has been shown to create numerous negative heath issues. These health issues are a direct result from trying to achieve the unrealistic ideal image media has created. This idea on how the body should look floods modern media and women are discriminated upon if they are unable to meet these strict physical requirements. However, unknown to the masses, the majority of the physical characteristics portrayed are achieved from digital enhancement and not only the product of weight loss. It is my goal within this paper to discuss the populations affected…show more content…
This causes a malnourished state has been known to cause many harmful health problems. Extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, fainting, and dizziness can all be linked improper levels of vitamins and minerals. (cite bulimia) On average, women generally have 6 to 11 percent more body fat than men. Studies show that a women’s hormone estrogen reduces their ability to convert food into energy which results in an increase amount of stored body fat. When the body reaches a low body fat percentage Amenorrhea, the loss of menstruation in women is a likely outcome. This can be a major health concern for young women and should be checked out immediately. Even with all of these negative health issues women are still inclined to achieve an unhealthy body weight. We are no longer exercising for health benefits; but rather to keep up appearance issues at any cost. http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/20/world/study-finds-tv-alters-fiji-girls-view-of-body.html BD travels across cultures One of the most concerning aspects about this western way of thinking is the fact that is expanding to other parts of the world. Culture is a major contributor to the way body images are formed. As a result, different cultures around the world will have different views regarding what is considered attractive. For example, in Polynesian culture bigger thicker individuals were
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